Stellantis to Produce Battery Electric Vehicles at Mangualde Production Center in Portugal.
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Stellantis to Produce Battery Electric Vehicles at Mangualde Production Center in Portugal.

The Stellantis Mangualde plant to undergo major transformation, becoming first in Portugal to produce large-scale fully battery electric vehicles for domestic and export markets.

Stellantis has announced that it will produce battery electric light commercial vehicles at its Mangualde Production Center in Portugal starting in early 2025. This will make Mangualde the first Portuguese plant to produce large series fully battery electric cars for the domestic and export markets at launch.

The announcement was made during a visit by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Prime Minister, António Costa, and the Minister for the Economy and Maritime Affairs, António Costa Silva, as part of the Government’s “PRR (Recovery and Resilience Plan) on the Move” initiative. Stellantis Mangualde leads one of the mobilizing agendas for business innovation with the “GreenAuto” project, which brings together a consortium of 37 partner entities, who attended the event, and represents a joint investment of €119 million.

The new electric vehicles that will be produced at the Mangualde plant include the Citroën ë-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Opel Combo-e and Fiat e-Doblò models, both in light commercial and passenger versions. Stellantis was the light commercial vehicle BEV market leader in Europe in 2022 with nearly 43% market share, and in Portugal, the Company was the leader in BEV sales with a 22% share and in the sale of electric commercial vehicles with a 54% market share.

This investment in the Mangualde plant and the production of electric vehicles is a significant step forward for Stellantis, as it moves towards its goal of electrifying its entire light commercial vehicle range by 2030. The company is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and contributing to the fight against climate change, and this investment in electric vehicle production is a major step in that direction.

The Mangualde plant of Stellantis, which marked its 60th anniversary last year and was the pioneer auto assembly plant in Portugal, has produced over 1.5 million vehicles to date, accounting for almost 25% of Portugal’s vehicle production. In 2018, the plant started the production of the current generation of vehicles.

The recent announcement ensures the future of the Mangualde plant and reinforces its significance for the Portuguese economy, Gross Domestic Product, exports, employment, and the development of the region’s industrial fabric.

As part of the new era of production, the Mangualde plant will undergo a transformation to be “fit for the future,” featuring new facilities in the general assembly and body shop, optimization of the industrial area, and a new battery assembly line. The Company has invested in modernizing and updating its facilities and production processes, with a focus on reducing emissions and committing to the environment, along with a strong dedication to innovation. Stellantis plans to invest over €30 billion until 2025 in electrification and software to deliver Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) that cater to customers’ demands.

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